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Tipis- Women invented tipis. They were a cone shaped framework  of wooden poles. It was cone shaped to stand strong against fierce winds on the Plains. Tipis were designed to keep the Indians warm in winter and cool in summer. It's design was sturdy and upright; it usually took the Indian women within an hour or two to set one up comfortably. It was generally made from several buffalo hides stitched together with sinew and stretched over the poles.

Roles of Men and Women- Both genders held power and responsibility in Plains Indian culture. Men had to prove their worthiness of marrying their bride through bravery and wealth. Once married, the man would go and live with the woman in her tipi, as the tipi always belonged to the woman. Polygamy was a common tradition between the Plains Indians and they made sure no woman was left to fend for herself. As men and women were interdependent on each other, this gave both sexes the power and influence of decision-making.

Indian children- Children had to learn to be tough to survive on the Plains. They were never beaten, but punished in other ways, in extreme cases, a cold bowl of water was thrown over their heads. Indian parents were fond of their children and never wanted to punish them. Children were prepared for their future lives by working hard.


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